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MPC Roundtable
The Importance of (Good) Planning

May 21, 2019, Noon to 1:30 p.m. CT

This is a past event

Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60601

Hosted by: Metropolitan Planning Council

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Planning has a mixed reputation. At its best, it provides a roadmap for equitable investment. At its worst, it disenfranchises communities of color and those who are low-income. With a new Mayor and City Council preparing to take office, the time is ripe for Chicago to rethink how we plan for growth, design for connectivity, and distribute resources differently.

Across the U.S., cities like Minneapolis and Pittsburgh are focused on using citywide objectives and metrics to drive equitable growth and targeting investments that achieve community vitality. These cities are thoughtfully planning in partnership with residents, business leaders, nonprofit stakeholders and city agencies, backed by capital budgets and technical assistance to ensure they are implemented. Chicago should be doing the same.

Join us for a conversation with local leaders who understand the value of inclusive design and planning and learn how Chicago can craft a shared vision for the future.

Featured Panelists:

  • Andre Brumfield, Principal, Design Director and Global Leader of Cities + Urban Design, Gensler
  • Erin Lavin Cabonargi, Managing Director, Hibernian Advisors
  • Juan Carlos Linares, Executive Director, LUCHA
  • Kim Wasserman-Nieto, Executive Director, LVEJO


  • Josh Ellis, Vice President, Metropolitan Planning Council

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The program begins at noon. Seating will be limited, so be sure to register online in advance.

The cost of the event is $15 for MPC donors and students with a current ID, $30 for all others. Lunch is included; please indicate any dietary restrictions when you register. If you have any additional questions or need special accommodations, please contact us at

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This event is presented in partnership with The Daily Line—Chicago's political news source for professionals. Since 2007, the digital media outlet has been tracking and reporting on the news and data of Chicago's aldermen and mayors. To learn more about The Daily Line, please visit

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